Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Book Review: Lying Out Loud, by Kody Keplinger

Lying Out Loud
By: Kody Keplinger
ISBN-10: 0545831091
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Sonny has the bad habit of lying to get herself out of trouble. But when she lands herself in a mess involving her best friend, Amy, and the new boy at school, Ryder, things go too far for Sonny to lie her way out, so there’s only one thing left to do: tell the truth.

It contains:

• Profanity (F-word variants, sh*t, d*ck, b*tch, h*ll, *sshole, and godd*mn)
• Kissing and making out
• The main character tells many lies (obviously)
• Brief mention of a teen taking pot (not actually true)
• One character’s mom stranded her
• A parent had multiple boyfriends and it’s suggested that she had sex with them
• Brief reference to a homosexual couple
• Sonny’s father is in jail for committing crimes (it is mentioned that he stole a car)
• Parents get a divorce
• Beer is mentioned at a party

Lying Out Loud is a companion novel to The DUFF, and it contains much less sexual content, though there is still a lot of profanity. The story is just as engaging, entertaining, and explores deep family issues, and fans of The DUFF will be pleased to find cameo appearances from Bianca and Wesley in this book.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Book Review: Shattered (Iron Druid, Book 7), by Kevin Hearne

Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7)
By: Kevin Hearne
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With Atticus absorbed with his arc Druid, and Gronuwaile on a mission to save her father, it doesn't seem like a good time for that elusive enemy in Tir na nOg to stir up trouble . . . Too bad he/she didn't get that message.

Shattered, the seventh book in the Iron Druid Chronicles, brings us a new (third) narrator rich in profanity and humor. The additional point of view slows the pacing a bit and the split storyline(s) - two to three - results in a somewhat more jumbled whole, but I doubt serious fans of the series will mind too much, especially when weighed against all the new revelations dished out with a helping of impending doom.

The Iron Druid Chronicles is an adult urban fantasy rich in a diverse selection of mythology with this novel delving into myths from India.

Shattered includes:
  • Full nudity (male and female)
  • References to arousal being unintentionally and clearly evident during puberty
  • Sex implied
  • Band named Lazer Vaginas
  • Killing
  • Injuries (broken bones referenced and blood)
  • Language: d*mn, sh*t, sh*te, *ss, variants of F word, b*llsh*t, b*llsy
  • Reference to person burned alive
  • Witchcraft
  • Possession of individuals by evil things
  • Conversation about people being eaten
  • Exploding body (somewhat gruesome)

Readers who enjoy Shattered may also like:

Staked by Kevin Hearne
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
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Monday, February 5, 2018

Book Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend, by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend
By: Kasie West
ISBN-10: 006233638X
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Gia’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her on prom night, so Gia snatches a random stranger to pretend to be her boyfriend. But thinks get complicated as Gia begins developing real feelings for Fill-In Bradley, and vice versa.

This is a young adult book that contains:

• Kissing
• Stumbling upon two people making out
• Lying

The Fill-In Boyfriend is a cutesy, chick-lit style romance book. The story focuses on the characters’ feelings for each other, but there are also some good messages about trying to be a better person mixed into the plot.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Book Review: All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places
By: Jennifer Niven
ISBN-10: 0385755880
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Violet and Finch are a girl and boy who are suicidal and depressed. But maybe, together, one of them can find hope again.

This is a young adult book that contains:

• Profanity (F-word, sh*t, *sshole, p*ss, dumb*ss, son of a b*tch, godd*mn, h*ll, f*ggot, pr*ck, d*mn, slut, and wh*re)
• References to sex
• A couple of un-descriptive sex scenes between teenagers
• Kissing and making out (kissing with tongue and hand under shirt)
• Violence (bullying, child abuse, fighting, references to blood, one character commits suicide)
• Teens smoke, references to drinking at parties, a car smells like cigarettes and drugs, and one character takes sleeping pills

All the Bright Places deals with tough subjects and is best read by older teens, as there is quite a bit of smoking, cursing, sex, and bullying scattered throughout the plot, all involving teenagers.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Book Review: There Will Be Lies, by Nick Lake

There Will Be Lies
By: Nick Lake
ISBN-10: 1619634406
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Shelby is deaf, but she has always been able to sense that something is off about her quiet, reserved life with her mother. When her mom suddenly takes her on an unexpected road trip through the Grand Canyon, Shelby begins learning all kinds of secrets about the life she thought she knew so well.

It contains:

• Profanity (fricking, p*ssed, h*ll, *ss, and b*tch)
• Violence (stabbing a hand with a knife, a character is ordered to eat a human heart, wielding a shotgun, and chase scenes)
• Shelby has a crush on a boy
• Shelby’s mother flirts with a man and it is suggested that they have sex in a hotel room
• The main character smokes cigarettes
• An adult drinks

There Will Be Lies is part contemporary, part magical realism, and part mystery thriller. Shelby is a funny and relatable narrator, and there’s enough action to keep readers interested.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Book Review: Say What You Will, by Cammie McGovern

Say What You Will
By: Cammie McGovern
ISBN-10: 0062271105
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Amy’s body has been disabled ever since she was born. Matthew has a disorder that causes him to constantly be freaked out about germs. When Amy tries making some new friends at school, and starts getting to know Matthew better, she wonders that if together, she and Matthew can balance the other person out, and make each other feel normal.

Parents should be aware that this is a young adult book and includes the following inappropriate content:

• Profanity (a few F-words, as well as sh*t, p*ssed, and two C-words)
• References to and discussions about sex
• Reference to pornography
• Sensual touching
• Kissing
• Reference to marijuana
• Some teens drink alcohol

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Book Review: Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson, book 7), by Darynda Jones

Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson, book 7)
By: Darynda Jones
ISBN: 1250045649
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When a slew of possible suicides comes to her attention, Charley goes racing around town in search of a connection. But she quickly discovers that going about business as usual with both Reyes and a dozen indestructible Hell Hounds in tow is a lot easier said than done.

Seventh Grave and No Body, is filled with relationship woes, self discovery, and blurry predictions about the future as Charley, our friendly neighborhood grim reaper, comes even further into her powers. This is the seventh book in the Charley Davidson series and picks up shortly after the conclusion of Sixth Grave on the Edge. Fans of the series with find the pacing and humor seen in the prior books well intact in this installment.

Note: Print Editions include an extra chapter from Reyes' point of view at the end.

Seventh Grave and No Body contains:
  • Profanity (Cr*p, Ass, fuck, damn)
  • References to past suicides
  • Lust
  • Much admiring of butts
  • Killing
  • Injuries (blood,
  • Sex scene involving bondage and pain
  • Oral sex (detailed)
  • Discussion about the size and appearance of a man's private area

The Charley Davidson Series:
  • Book 1: First Grave on the Right (Review)
  • Novella 1.5: For I Have Sinned
  • Book 2: Second Grave on the Left (Review)
  • Book 3: Third Grave Dead Ahead (Review)
  • Book 4: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Review)
  • Book 5: Fifth Grave Past the Light (Review)
  • Book 6: Sixth Grave on the Edge (Review)
  • Book 7: Seventh Grave and No Body (Review)
  • Book 8: Eighth Grave After Dark (Review)
  • Novella 8.5: Brighter Than the Sun (Review)
  • Book 9: The Dirt on Ninth Grave
  • Book 10: The Curse of Tenth Grave
  • Book 11: Untitled

Readers who enjoyed Seventh Grave and No Body may also like:

 Book Review: Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, Book 8), By Darynda Jones
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Friday, December 29, 2017

Book Review: UnWholly (Unwind Dystology, Book 2), by Neal Shusterman

By: Neal Shusterman
ISBN-10: 1442423668
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Connor is now the leader of an outcast group of Unwound kids. But when Risa gets captured, Connor wants to drop everything to save her, even if Risa might be falling in love with someone else—Cam, the first “person” to be made from pieced-together Unwind parts.

It includes:

• Mild profanity (h*ll, d*mn)
• Some kissing
• Violence (shooting, beating, a plane crash, one character is made up of many human body parts, and a game of Russian Roulette)

UnWholly is just as much of an invigorating, thought-provoking read as the first book. Fans of Unwind should be satisfied with this sequel that contains many appearances of old characters as well as brand-new ones.

More Unwind reviews:
Book 1: Unwind

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Coming Soon: Brief Cases (Dresden Files Anthology book 2), By Jim Butcher

News just broke and I believe it this time because Jim Butcher the one and only author was the one who shared it. We have a cover!



Revel in it!

okay, okay, that's enough.


JUNE 5TH!!!!!!

This latest installment of the Dresden Files will include short stories not included in Side Jobs as well as one new never before published story.

Stories Included:
  • Curses (Published in The Naked City)
  • AAAA Wizardry (Published in the Dresden Files RPG)
  • Even Hand (Published in Dark and Stormy Knights)
  • B is for Bigfoot (Published in Under My Hat: Tales From the Cauldron
  • I was a Teenage Bigfoot (Published in Blood Lite 3: Aftertaste)
  • Bigfoot on Campus (Published in Hex Appeal)
  • Bombshells (Published in Dangerous Women)
  • Jury Duty (Published in Unbound)
  • Cold Case (Published in Shadowed Souls
  • Day One (Published in Unfettered II)
  • A Fistful of Warlocks (Published in Straight Outta Tombstone)
  • Zoo Day (Brand New for Brief Cases

Pre-order is available!!!!!!

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Book Review: Landline, by Rainbow Rowell

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By: Rainbow Rowell
ISBN-10: 1250049377
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Georgie’s marriage is already on the rocks when she suddenly has to choose between a work offer and going to Omaha for Christmas with her family. The magic phone in her childhood bedroom doesn’t help clear her whirling mind either, when she is suddenly able call her husband, Neal, from twenty years in the past.

Landline is an adult contemporary romance with a fantasy twist. It can be read by young adults, although it does contain lots of cussing (many F-words), adult sexual dialogue, a homosexual character, making out, an animal birthing scene, and a flashback to Georgie giving birth.

The characters in this novel are refreshingly hilarious, and if you like fluffy chick lit books or enjoyed Rainbow Rowell’s other published works, you shouldn’t have a problem with Landline. You may be able to figure out some parts of the plot before Georgie does, but the comical dialogue and page turning chapters make up for it.

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